Student Theses

Recent thesis titles include the following:

  • Sister of the "Weary Fraternity": Louisa May Alcott’s Reconciliation to Transcendentalism via Her Writings about the American Civil War (by Angela Christaldi)
  • In-between and Overflowing: Meta-archipelagic Visions of Identity, Community, and Tradition in the Literary Production of Pedro Pietri (by Joseph Alicea)
  • A Prison of the Body: Illness, Incarceration, and the Embodiment of Form in Memoir (by Alexandria Einspahr)
  • Composing Home: Things, World, and Futurity in the Poetry of George Oppen (by Brian Borosky)
  • Medicine, Disease, and Pathology in Nineteenth-Century British Gothic Fiction (by Christie Leonard)
  • The Anglophone Novel of Living and Dying: Non-Self, Impersonal Energy and the Dissolution of Subjectivity in Contemporary Fiction (by Nicholas Manai)
  • Modernism and the Repurposing of Institutionally Built Space (by Amelia Mrozsinki)
  • Does it Matter of Joyce (Alone) was a Feminist?: Using Contemporary Adaptations of Ulysses to Understand Molly Bloom (by Ashley DiRenzo)
  • So My Dead Are Not Strangers: John Edgar Wideman, Black Lives Matter, and the Terror of Forgetfulness
  • Reconstructing Black Subjectivities: Formulations of Narrative Identities in 19th Century African-American Literature
  • Iustitiae Legibus?: The Political Implications of Arthur's Problematic Acts of War in the Galfridian Tradition
  • Contemplating the "Spiritual but not Religious" in Wallace Stevens and David Foster Wallace
  • "Strange Sensations" and Democratic Relations: Affect, Reading, and Sympathy in Herman Melville's Pierre
  • John Donne's Isaiah: A structural and exegetical examination of early-modern homiletics
  • Playing Doctor: Patriarchal Doctor/Patient Binaries in the Lives and Works of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Gothic Ape: Evolutionary Influence and the Post-Apocalypse
  • “On the Outside of the World Peeping In": 20th Century African American Literature and the Advent of Kendrick Lamar
  • "We are gathered here today because we are not gathered somewhere else today": Slam poetry and political solidarity
  • K-Mart Conatus: Raymond Carver and Physical Anticipation of Revelation
  • God’s Ragged Edges: Religion and Public Life in the Work of Herman Melville
  • Belief in Lyric: The Intersection of Religion and Language in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot
  • The Loathly le Fay: Morgan le Fay as Irish Sovereignty Myth in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, and Morte Darthur
  • Radical Openness and The Possibility of Reading
  • A Fearsome Inheritance: Queer Gothic Families in Post-World War II Literature and Film
  • "Our Brains Upon the Same Lines"—Collaboration as a Mode of Resistance Against Aesthetic Dogmatism in Virginia Woolf’s Life and Work
  • "And Never Shall My Harp Thy Praise Forget": Memory, Subjectivity, and Poetic Devotion in Paradise Lost
  • Willfulness, Shame, and Trauma in Eimear McBride's Novels
  • "Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink": A Posthumanist Evaluation of Formal and Rhetorical Environmental Literary Strategies
  • "Lost" Along the Color Line: The Conflict over Race and National Identity in the Selected Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Claude McKay
  • Wollstonecraft’s Maria; or the Wrongs of Women and Shelley’s Frankenstein: Echoes and Revisions
  • Writing "the Jew": Semitic Discourse in Oliver Twist, Daniel Deronda, and Reuben Sachs
  • Christianity and Decolonization: Louise Erdrich’s Reinscription in Love Medicine, Tracks, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace
  • "A Shape Within the Watry Gleam": Writing, Subjectivity, and Visuality in Early Modern Literature
  • Striking it Rich Behind the Linear Black: The Sonnet Sequences of Seamus Heaney
  • "So Young and Tender of Age": Children and Other Suffering Innocents as Marian and Christological Images in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
  • Williams, Joyce, and Visual Clamor
  • Constructing Cleopatra: Making Sense of a Female Sovereign in William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
  • Nation, Faith, and Body: Corporeal Subjectivity in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses
  • "The Labour Which That Longeth Unto Me": Male Gaze versus Female Body in The Knight’s Tale and The Clerk’s Tale

Recent field exam titles include the following:

  • Student Identity in Twenty-First-Century Campus Novel
  • A Pedagogical Investigation of African American Historiographic Drama
  • "Playing the Woman Card": The 2016 Presidential Election, Campaign News, and the Gendered Appeal
  • 1840–1940: The Development of a Modern Ireland and a Modern Literature
  • The Literary Memoir
  • Women of Color Feminism in the Multicultural Classroom: Self-Narrative as a Pedagogical Tool
  • (Un)Safe as Houses: Gender, Memory and National Trauma in American Haunted House Novels of the Late Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
  • "Goddesses of Night": Deviant Women in the Gothic

Contact Us

Villanova University
Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Evan Radcliffe
Graduate Program Director
Phone: (610) 519-4648

Mike Malloy
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (610) 519-7826